Friday, July 18, 2014

Jolly Jingle Workshop

Our Second Annual Jolly Jingle Workshop was an amazing success!

Our terrific teachers, Jenny, Karen, Margaret, & Sheri, had 13 workshops from which to choose. 
Over 3 days, participants made up to 8 different Christmas projects.

There were paper piecing projects, applique, quilted, sewing projects, & handwork. 
There were small & large projects - something for everyone!


  It was a great week of making new stitchy friends & enjoying some longstanding friendships.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer Camp with Cat

We just finished a whirlwind week with Catherine Wilson, of 
Queenie Quilts from Southern California.
Beginning paper piecers & experienced Judy Neimeyer addicts 
all enjoyed creating Judy's amazing  Quiltworx patterns.

Cat, certified Judy Neimeyer Instructor, does an amazing job teaching paper piecing.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Underwater Holidays Quilt Challenge

Win $100 shopping spree at Calico Mermaid!


So we thought up a new fun challenge for you:
Underwater Holidays! 
ANY holiday - but underwater!
Start thinking Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Valentine's Day, 
St. Patrick's Day, Easter...
How's that for something a little different?! 

The Challenge packet has a half yard of a luscious Hoffman batik, & you must use a recognizable amount in your challenge piece - as much or as little as you want - and add whatever you want.
The size can vary from 12" square to 36" square - additional details are in the packet.

You could win $100 shopping spree at the Mermaid!
Challenges are due to Calico Mermaid on October 1 & the voting will begin October 4.
The winner will be selected by popular vote throughout the month of October & announced on November 1.


Is your imagination buzzing with ideas? 
Come on down & pick up your Challenge packet soon - they're already swimming out the door!


Friday, June 20, 2014

A new kind of shop hop!

All summer long & no passports!
1250 shops across the United States!
Doesn't that sound like fun!?

 Visit any of the participating shops between July 1 & September 2, 2014 and receive a  
free pattern for a row in a quilt. 
Combine your rows in any way you choose to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling throughout the summer. 
 This is our row!

Create a quilt using at least 8 different rows and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to 
win a stack of 25 fat quarters (6-1/4 yards of fabric!)
If you use that shop’s row in your quilt, you win a bonus prize! 

You can find the participating shops, listed by state here:
There's also a map on that page to help you plan your attack.
When you click on a state, you will see a link to that state's Facebook page 
with pictures of the row for each shop.
Check out the Facebook pages for all kinds of inspiration.

 Exclusive Fabric Plates by Zebra Patterns will be available in most shops around the country. 
Each one is unique! 
Collect a bunch to create fun projects, sewing studio wall art or even a fun backing for your quilt...
or a bag!

Be safe, have fun & come see us at Calico Mermaid!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

School is almost over!

As many of you know, I'm a second grade teacher in my other life.  School is almost over for another year, so I've been swamped lately with end-of-school-packing-&-wrapping-up duties. 
It's so close now I can almost smell the last day of school!

The shop has been super busy, too, with special classes & visiting teachers. I thought I'd take a quick break & share some pics of our favorite moments.

We thoroughly enjoyed hosting Peggy Martin & her Curved Illusions class.

Then Erica Plank, from Unseen Hands, came to teach her interesting method using her special template for Cathedral Windows.

 Becki Eaton was next on our calendar, teaching the Mermaid Doll class. 

Next week we're excited to have Nancy Rink for the morning on June 11.
Her newest Block of the Month, Color Love, is so cute!
Call the shop to reserve your place.
559 793 2510

Sunday, May 18, 2014

It's Our Third Birthday!

For our third birthday celebration, we invited everyone to share a project made with our fabric, 
& enter to win a $100 gift card for every project shared.
 Some brought in their work, some sent or brought in photos.
It was wonderful to see so many of our quilty friends from all over, & their creative works.
Our big winner was Cathy Shaffer, pictured below with one of her beautiful bags.

 Thanks to everyone who shared their work with us. 
We love seeing how our creative customers use our material.
We appreciate your support & friendship over the past 3 years!
You're the best!